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Q.What home based business deductions should I avoid?

A.When you own a home based business, you must be careful only to deduct those expenses actually related to the operation of your business.

Do NOT deduct:

  1. all, or most of, the cost of operating your personal residence;


  2. payments made to children who performed chores around the house;


  3. excessive automobile expenses when the automobile is used for both business and personal use; and


  4. equipment expenses when the equipment is used for both business and personal use ((e.g., DVD player or CD player).



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